ALLEN PARK — Free safety Louis Delmas (knee) returned to practice today (Tuesday) for the first time in weeks.
Delmas missed the last three games. He has played in just three all season. He had knee surgery on Aug. 7. Delmas was working out during the portion of practice open to the media, so it’s possible he didn’t participate fully.
Missing from practice were Jeff Backus, who injured his hamstring Sunday and couldn’t finish the game, along with cornerback Drayton Florence who finished the game, but was diagnosed with a concussion on Monday.
Defensive tackle Corey Williams (knee) who has missed the last two games also returned to practice. Nick Fairley started in his spot Sunday and had his best game so far for the Lions.
Wide receiver Titus Young, who was sent home on Monday for behavior issues, also did not participate in practice as expected. Coach Jim Schwartz announced on Monday that Young will be inactive on Thursday.
Thursday will be the Lions 73rd game played on Thanksgiving and the first with the Houston Texans as an opponent. The Lions have won just one of the last 11 Thanksgiving games. That was in 2003, a 29-27 win over the Green Bay Packers.